Is there a COVID surge in Houston?


Just in time for Tuesday's election, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has sounded the alarm of another Covid-19 'surge'. Positivity rates have gone up from 5% to 6.5%. But, the mayor did not mention anything about hospitalization, and said there have been no new deaths.

KTRH medical expert Joe Galati, when asked about the timing said quote "this entire Covid-19 story has been entangled in politics from the beginning. When you look nationally, the numbers are going up". Galati also adds that "everybody in health care is getting better at treating patients. So yes, while the numbers are going up, it's not correlating in the same kind of death rate that we saw at the very start of this. That is the silver lining".

It's also worth pointing out that flu cases are at a record low across the U.S. - down 93% from a year ago. In Australia, they had 61,000 flu cases in 2019, with only 107 so far in 2020.


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